Sriaksat Sor Rungvisai demonstrated on Friday that the winner of the Juan Francisco Estrada-Roman Gonzalez battle has a severe menace ready within the wings.
Sor Rungvisai, who misplaced his 115-pound title to Estrada in April 2019, pounded an overmatched Kwanthai Sithmorseng till he may now not battle after three rounds at Workpoint Studio outdoors Bangkok, Thailand.
Sor Rungvisai (50-5-1, 43 KOs) is the WBC’s necessary challenger, that means he’s subsequent in line to face the winner of Saturday’s title-unification battle in Dallas.
“I ready very properly for this battle however didn’t rush it within the first few rounds,” Sor Rungvisai stated by way of a translator. “I wished to get some rounds in an actual battle so I might be prepared for the large battle later this yr.”
Sithmorseng (50-8-1, 27 KOs) is an completed boxer, having held a strawweight title a decade in the past. Nevertheless, he was too small and maybe too outdated – he’s 38 – for a slugger like his opponent.
Sor Rungvisai, preventing in a methodical method, battered Sithmorseng from the opening bell with exhausting pictures to each the top and physique. The underdog landed quite a few his personal clear punches and confirmed some sturdiness within the first and second rounds however he broke down within the third.
Sithmorseng had absorbed a flurry of damaging blows when he determined it was greatest to take a knee with round 40 seconds remaining in Spherical 3. He managed to complete the spherical however couldn’t go on.
The referee formally stopped the battle nevertheless it was clear that Sithmorseng knew he had taken sufficient punishment from one of many largest punchers pound-for-pound within the sport.
Now it’s on to the winner of Estrada vs. Gonzalez, which is a rematch of their 2012 battle that Gonzalez gained by resolution.
Sor Rungvisai was requested concerning the showdown on Saturday through the post-fight interview. He wouldn’t make a prediction however he is aware of who he’d wish to see have his hand raised.
He handed Gonzalez his solely two losses, the second a brutal knockout that made him a worldwide star. He’s 1-1 towards Estrada, together with the disappointing resolution that price him his belt.
“It will likely be an excellent battle tomorrow with Estrada and Chocolatito,” he stated. “Whoever is ready greatest for this battle will win. I hope Estrada will win as a result of now we have unfinished enterprise. I need to get revenge, I need to get the trilogy and battle him yet one more time.”
Does he have a message for his rivals?
Mentioned Sor Rungvisai: “Keep match, keep robust and we are going to see you once more later this yr.”